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Health workers paint dire picture of Australia’s hospital systems as more than 8,500 staff isolate

Effects of Covid surge and staff shortages reach regional centres, putting pressure on local clinics

Healthcare workers say they are struggling to care for patients with more than 8,500 medical staff across four states in Covid isolation as Omicron puts added pressure on the system.

In New South Wales, 2,650 healthcare staff are currently in isolation. Another 2,477 are isolating in Queensland, 1,873 in Victoria and 1,557 in Western Australia, according to the latest numbers.

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